Wyoming Supreme Court Decisions

The Wyoming Supreme Court supervises the operations of lower courts in the state, and it holds general jurisdiction to review appeals in both civil and criminal cases. It may issue any writs that may be necessary to fulfill its appellate function, such as writs of habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, and certiorari. Its original jurisdiction extends only to habeas corpus cases and certain cases involving mandamus and quo warranto writs as applied to state officers. Five justices serve on the Supreme Court, and they serve terms of eight years.

To qualify to serve on the Wyoming Supreme Court, a candidate must meet the requirements in Article 5 of the Wyoming Constitution. This means that they must be a U.S. citizen and must have been a Wyoming resident for at least three years. A candidate may not be younger than 30, and Wyoming imposes a mandatory retirement age of 70. A candidate must have at least nine years of legal experience.

While Wyoming initially elected justices to the Supreme Court, the state changed the selection process to an assisted appointment method in 1972. This means that the Wyoming Judicial Nominating Commission controls the process. The Commission usually consists of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, three active members of the Wyoming State Bar, and three non-attorneys who are appointed by the Governor of Wyoming. Once a justice has been selected, they will need to win a retention election every eight years to stay on the Court. The justices of the Court select the Chief Justice, who holds that position for four years.

Browse Opinions From the Wyoming Supreme Court

Recent Decisions From the Wyoming Supreme Court
Little Medicine Creek Ranch, Inc. v. D'elia  
Date: October 10, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 103
Docket Number: S-19-0001

Justia Opinion Summary: In this adverse possession case involving two cattle ranches the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Plaintiffs, holding that genuine issues of material fact pr...

Sam v. State  
Date: October 10, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 104
Docket Number: S-19-0031

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's aggregate sentence that left him eligible for parole after serving thirty-five years, holding that Defendant failed to show a constitutional violation or an abuse of discretion in t...

Brown v. State  
Date: October 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 102
Docket Number: S-19-0021

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of sexual assault in the third degree and intentional abuse of a vulnerable adult, holding that there was no error in the proceedings bel...

Steffey v. State  
Date: October 8, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 101
Docket Number: S-19-0012

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motions to withdraw his no contest plea to driving under the influence of alcohol, holding that Defendant's no contest plea was not knowin...

Gonzalez-Chavarria v. State  
Date: October 3, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 100
Docket Number: S-19-0054

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of strangulation of a household member, holding that the district court did not err in admitting certain testimony and that the evidence was sufficient to establish the e...

Lew v. Lew  
Date: September 27, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 99
Docket Number: S-19-0036

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the judgment of the district court ordering Mother to reimburse funds she removed from the college account she managed for one of the parties' two chil...

Trapper Ray Canfield v. The State of Wyoming
Date: September 25, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 98
Docket Number: S-19-0084
Bogard v. State  
Date: September 12, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 96
Docket Number: S-18-0069

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of sexual assault in the first degree, holding that cumulative error resulting from prosecutorial misconduct deprived Defendant of a fair trial. On appeal, Defendant arg...

Johnson v. State  
Date: September 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 94
Docket Number: S-19-0002

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the probate court first granting Appellant's petition for probate of George W. Stanford's estate and appointment of an administrator but then reversing itself when the State object...

SWC Production, Inc. v. Wold Energy Partners, LLC  
Date: September 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 95
Docket Number: S-19-0006

Justia Opinion Summary: In this breach of contract case the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's Wyo. R. Civ. P. 60(b) motion, holding that neither documents in a party's possession nor public records in...

Herrera v. State  
Date: September 10, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 93
Docket Number: S-18-0187

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of three counts of child endangerment and one count of possession of a controlled substance, holding that the district court did not viol...

Camacho v. State, ex rel. Department of Workforce Services, Workers' Compensation Division  
Date: September 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 92
Docket Number: S-18-0287

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court affirming the decision of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) upholding the denial of Appellant's application to the Department of Workforce Services,...

Sweetalla v. State ex rev. Department of Workforce Services, Workers' Compensation Division  
Date: September 6, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 91
Docket Number: S-18-0293

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court affirming the order of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) upholding the Department of Workforce Services, Workers' Compensation Division's (Division) fi...

Williams v. State ex rel., University of Wyoming Board of Trustees  
Date: September 4, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 90
Docket Number: S-19-0016

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of the University of Wyoming (UW) and dismissing Plaintiff's declaratory judgment action, arguing that the district court a...

Warwick v. Accessible Space, Inc.  
Date: September 3, 2019
Citation: 2019 WY 89
Docket Number: S-18-0219

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Accessible Space, Inc. (ASI) and dismissing Plaintiffs' claim that ASI was negligent in failing to protect them from Lar...

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